SOS outing Saturday 29th March 2008
Late March isn’t the best time for birds in the Country Park Local Nature Reserve, and some areas were too exposed to the strong southerly winds, so the group of 8 concentrated on the Quarry and sheltered gills where birds could be more easily located by sound and then watched in comfort.
Even without too many birds, there’s plenty to see at Hastings Country Park in terms of the extensive management work aimed at enriching the terrain for wildlife. We looked at areas which have been scraped to expose sand for invertebrates and reptiles, at enclosures formerly dominated by Bracken, now grazed by Highland Cattle, at rough grassland grazed by Exmoor ponies and at the huge strips of birdfood which have been so successful at sustaining winter populations of buntings (no sign of them, of course). Read the rest of this entry »